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  • Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Reich
    • Narrated By Robert Reich
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (255)

    The author of 12 acclaimed books, Robert B. Reich is a Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and has served in three national administrations. While many blamed Wall Street for the financial meltdown, Aftershock points a finger at a national economy in which wealth is increasingly concentrated at the top - and where a grasping middle class simply does not have the resources to remain viable.

    Chris says: "Very plausible assessment of our economy"
    "Wealth Redistribution Propaganda"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Liberals will probably like it.


    What was most disappointing about Robert Reich’s story?

    I was amazed at how much spin was in the book. Factual errors and misrepresentation aside, anything contrary to his viewpoint is dismissed and marginalized. I would have though that this would at least been somewhat informative (even it it was obviously biased).


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Reading performance was OK, but a diatribe.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Liz Weston
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    For previous generations, living within your means was a simple formula. Now, with the staggering rise in health-care, medical, and housing costs, millions of people find themselves skating from paycheck to paycheck with no idea how to move forward.

    Timothy says: "A bit of a different philosophy on money"
    "Nothing new about the "New Economy", overly basic"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who might like this book would be someone who hasn't the first clue about managing money at all. It's not for the "new economy" it's just for the regular, old economy. However, it's likely that someone like that is probably not reading a book on this topic.


    Has The 10 Commandments of Money turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not this genre, but I'm more particular about which books like this I'll read.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Heather Henderson?

    Narrator was OK.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't hear anything new about the "new economy". Title is overselling the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Affluenza

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Oliver James
    • Narrated By Oliver James
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    There is currently an epidemic of 'affluenza' throughout the world - an obsessive, envious, keeping-up-with-the-Joneses - that has resulted in huge increases in depression and anxiety among millions. Over a nine-month period, bestselling author Oliver James travelled around the world to try and find out why. He discovered how, despite very different cultures and levels of wealth, affluenza is spreading.

    Amazon Customer says: "We Were Poor, But We Were Happy"
    "We Were Poor, But We Were Happy"
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    Would you try another book from Oliver James and/or Oliver James?

    Probably not. I was intrigued by the thesis for this book and was hoping this book would be well-researched and accurately supported. Instead, the thesis (that the quest for ever more riches and keeping up with the Jones) was something I could have come up with along with several friends drinking coffee on a Saturday morning. (We probably could have argued it better than the author). It seems like the author just relied upon the "studies" that supported his arguments. I didn't think the book was very well researched in any case, but possibly that is becaues I listened to it as an audiobook (which didn't have any footnotes or references to any studies).Some of the authors statements, arguments, and conclusions are ridiculous:1. Apparently, everything in Denmark is wonderful and great and no one suffers from Afluenza. Never mind that it is mind-numbingly expensive. If Danes could just afford to buy stuff, they would be just like everyone else.2. Going to school and college to get a job is, apparently, just so wrong. Who knew? Imagine all this time I've just been actually unhappy because I did that.3. George W. Bush's problems are all due to an overbearing mother? Really. (The author doesn't provide the psyc. report on that one). 4. The author's two examples in America: Affluenza afflicted: 20 something, single, former drug-addicted, Wall Street male who inherited a ton of money and who makes a lot of money and lives a sad, unfufilled life. Non-Affluenza afflicted: 30-something African-born undocumented married taxi driver. Did this author even talk to anyone else? Only conclusion that can be drawn from these examples: "We were poor, but we were happy."


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Oliver James?

    Probalby not. His voice drips with contempt and superiority.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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